Secular Franciscan Order


The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is a community of Catholic men and women who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of Francis of Assisi.  Secular Franciscans are members of the Third Order which was founded by St Francis of Assisi 800 years ago.  Although we make a public profession, we are not bound by public vows as are religious.  As the Order belongs to the spiritual family of the Franciscans, the Holy See has entrusted its pastoral care and spiritual assistance to the priests and brothers of the Franciscan First Order.  The Second Order is the Poor Clare Sisters.  

Secular Franciscans can be recognized by the Tau Cross they wear as a symbol of union with the crucified Christ.  We live the secular aspect of our charism by paying attention to three things:

  • firstly, the rich experience of Franciscan figures of the past;
  • secondly, by participating in evangelization;
  • and thirdly, by cultivating a deep knowledge of Francis as an example of how to live in the world without being encumbered by it.  

Members of the Order gather in ecclesiastical communities called fraternities.  In one's initial formation, participation in the meetings of the local fraternity is indispensable for initiation into community of prayer and fraternal life.

We are present at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The name of our Fraternity is St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity.  

Conditions for admission are:

  • baptized Catholic,
  • living in communion with the Church,
  • good moral standing and clear signs of a vocation.  
  • Membership in the Order is attained through a time of initiation, a time of formation and finally, the Profession into the Order, and commitment to live the Rule in a solemn ecclesial Mass.

Parishioners interested in the Order, you may speak with Fr. Rector who is also a member (250-564-5225). 


Cathedral Office Hours

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Contact Us

887 Patricia Blvd., Prince George, BC V2L 3V5
(250) 564-5225